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2 Special Treats for 2 Special Events: Extra Pink Berry Smoothies and Special Dark Mini Muffins

“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better. ”

Maya Angelou

These berry smoothies and mini muffins are a little extra special…that’s because they have been made in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They are my entries for the Boobie Bake Off event by Marye of Baking Delights and the Baking for Breast Cancer Awareness event by Ley of Cilantro and Lime. These women have so wonderfully put together these events to bring awareness to this disease that affects the lives of so many. Go check them out and spread the word!

Did you know….

Antioxidants are your friend.

High amounts of dietary antioxidants may protect women against developing breast cancer, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Nutrition. (taken from an article found here.)

Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are rich in proanthocyanidins, antioxidants that can help prevent cancer and heart disease. Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries contain ellagic acid, a plant compound that combats carcinogens. (taken from an article found here.)

A standard serving of dark chocolate (40 grams) provides more antioxidant power than the standard servings of many other well-known antioxidant containing foods, including cranberries, walnuts and grapes. (taken from here.)

Extra Pink Berry Smoothies
Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen
(makes 2 smoothies)

1 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt (Stoneyfield is my favorite!)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup raspberry sherbert
1 cup fat free milk
1 TB honey
2-3 tsps of flax seeds

Put all ingredients into blender and let it whirl for a minute or so until everything is combined and flax seeds have been ground into smoothie (no health benefit to whole flax seeds…only ground).

Alongside these Extra Pink Berry Smoothies, enjoy a Special Dark Mini Muffin…made with Special Dark cocoa powder (full of antioxidants!).

Special Dark Mini Muffins
(makes 32 regular muffins and a lot of mini muffins!) Recipe adapted from my friend Betsy’s Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Special Dark cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 egg whites
1 egg
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 3/4 cups fat free milk
2 TB canola oil
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine the flours, brown sugar, cocoa, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites, egg, applesauce, milk, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips.

Coat muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray, fill 3/4 full with batter. Bake at 350 for 8 – 10 minutes for mini muffins or 18-20 minutes for regular muffins or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.

For more information or to make a donation toward breast cancer research,
please visit the following sites:

National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc
Susan G. Komen For The Cure
The Breast Cancer Site

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23 comments on “2 Special Treats for 2 Special Events: Extra Pink Berry Smoothies and Special Dark Mini Muffins”

  1. This is such a great post! Now I will have to have a smoothie for breakfast. I really love that quote.

  2. That is a great cause to cook Aggie. The cupcakes are so cute with the pink dusting on top…

  3. Such a nice post – I’m glad I stopped by!

  4. These are fantastic! Thank you so much for participating in BOTH of these events!! And isn’t that Special Dark cocoa powder great? I love it! I used it in my entry, too- totally healthy, right? 😉

    Thank you!

  5. I admire women who make cakes and cupcakes from scratch!!! The lovely ingredients without all the toxic preservatives.. The pinks sprinkles… awfully cute… = )

  6. Both recipes look great but that smoothie is making my mouth water.

  7. Great post! That smoothie looks so good right now (I just finished my AM workout!). I have some special dark chocolate cocoa powder, and now I have a recipe to try it with – yum!

  8. A wonderful cause to bake for Aggie and both look so delicious,

  9. Very nice! I like pink and associate pink food with such great events is perfect! And they’re healthy as well! Great to have add flaxseeds in the smothie!

  10. Hats off to you. You have made a good recipe SO much better. I LOVE the idea of dark cocoa powder and the pink sprinkles.

  11. They both look so great! Love the pink!

  12. Both of these recipes look great. I will have to try them over the weekend. Good job on getting involved in all of this!

  13. Boy do I love smoothies! Those muffins look absolutely sinful!

  14. Aggie, thank you so much for visiting my blog. You are so sweet. I love your blog, especially those mini muffins! You know how I feel about chocolate. Great post my friend.

  15. Smoothie! Yummy! Those little muffins are so tasty looking too.

  16. smoothies are my favorite – this one looks so good! those mini muffins, i could eat bunches of them.

  17. Wonderful post Aggie and your cupcakes look so cute and tempting…

  18. This is such a wonderful post and cause. I have a recipe I’m doing tomorrow in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month too. Both of these recipes look awesome too! I’m going to make the smoothie in celebration!

  19. I love the quote, the recipes, and of course the worthy cause. Hilarious name for the event.

  20. Great post Aggie! I love everything pink! Your smoothies and muffins look incredible! Love the pink sprinkles!

  21. Thanks for visiting my Foodzilla blog! It was so nice to get such encouragement when I haven’t even figured out how to post the pics yet!!
    Thanks, too, for the dark chocolate mini muffins–I’m trying the recipe this week!


  22. Thanks for writing this.

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